Moonshine

moonshine kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Nam Young has just passed the national service exam and becomes an officer for the Saheonbu, which cracks down on people who breaks the alcohol prohibition. He comes across Kang Ro Seo, a poor girl who originally hailed from a noble family. And because of poverty, Kang Ro Seo starts brewing alcohol to make a living.

Trailer: Moonshine

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young
Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo
Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo
Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin

Now, We Are Breaking Up

now we are breaking up kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Ha Young Eun is a hard-working team lead of a leading fashion company. She’s responsible for a lot of stuff including guiding his boss’ daughter to properly do her job. She meets again professional, fashion photographer, Yoon Jae Kook, who she had a one-night-stand in Paris. “It got better on the 2nd episode. Here hoping for more depths and twists.”

Trailer: Now, We Are Breaking Up

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Hye Kyo as Ha Young Eun
Jang Ki Yong as Yoon Jae Kook
Choi Hee Seo as Hwang Chi Sook
Kim Joo Hun as Suk Do Hoon
Sehun as Hwang Chi Hyung

Red Sleeve

red sleeve kdramaSummary: Sung Duk Im is a court lady serving the crown prince of Joseon. Without knowing the real appearance of the prince, she’s been actually talking to him a handful of times while disguised as his teacher. The prince falls in love with Sung Duk Im and she later becomes his royal concubine.

Trailer: Red Sleeve

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo
Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui
Kang Hoon as Hong Duk Ro / Hong Kook Young




Likes: What made this show so successful is the focus on the romance between Lee San and Duk Im, from the beginning till the very end. All the other stuff, like Lee San’s struggle to get to the throne or his reign and Duk Im’s palace life were secondary (but still very-well covered) to that beautiful romance between these two characters. Well, no doubt this grabbed Kdramastowatch Best Romance award for 2021!

Best Romantic Scenes. Countless in this show but recalling the time when Lee San wasn’t allowed to get out of his chamber and Duk Im came to read the Book of Odes to him from the outside. That was one of the first strong connections, I think. Hm, how about the bath scene? That was crazy hot! And I always found it romantic when these two are bickering, which one time ended up with the first kiss! How about the first night? I won’t even go there 🤭.

Book of Odes Passage. “The north wind is cold, the falling snow is voluminous. If you love me, and are affectionate, with the one I love and who likes me, I’ll hold your hand and part with you.

The north wind is chilly, the falling snow is thick. If you are affectionate and love me, I’ll hold your hand and go back with you.”

Lots of good drama. The story is so rich that although we have the love story of Lee San and Duk Im as the main focus, we’ve got so many others to pay attention to. Like the relationship between Lee San and his grandfather King. I would call it tough love. The ties between Lee San and the Queen (later Queen Dowager), I would call that strong support. The relationship between the chief court lady and the grandfather King, I would call that resentment. The bond between Lee San and Hong Duk Ro, I would call that broken friendship. Then we’ve got the strong friendship and bond between Duk Im and her friends. She even told the king later, you’ve got everything, the country and your subjects, I’ve only got my friends. All these, made this show such an awesome drama! One can easily relate to each situation. And as viewers, we also felt the pain and the happiness.



Cinematography. This is my second for best cinematography. Just so many beautiful scenes and I just love how the camera would move around capturing every nice angles.

Costumes. The details they put on costume is commendable! Although the King’s robes and the Queens wardrobes were always grand and impressive, I love how they managed to give attention to the court ladies uniforms. The court ladies were vital in the story, so there was obviously a need to identify the ranking. Song Duk Im’s court lady uniform which was kept by her friend was later treasured by the king at the very end.

Favourite Quote: “Were you captivated by me or I was captivated by you?”

“Are we really talking about orange?” – Lee San to Duk Im

Top leads with the strongest chemistry.

Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo – my gosh I’m so in love with Joon Ho now 🤭! This idol already impressed me in Wok in Love. He is such a fine actor. He slayed the role of Lee San, later King Jeongjo! He was great as King, almost like Lee Duk Hwa’s performance but he was most adorable as someone who was so in love with a court lady. The longing in his looks. The facial expression when he gets angry at her (well for basically ignoring him). And yes the drama he had to endure at the very end. Well done Joo Ho!



Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui – she looked very thin in the beginning that when she smiled, she didn’t look good at all. But when her character developed, she was getting more and more beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of her past dramas and I would say she always delivers. I love Sung Duk Im’s strong and resisting character, it suits Lee Se Young well. And my gosh this lady’s chemistry with Joon Ho was just top, hands down. Wish they would do another drama again.

Ending. I must admit I was taken aback. I didn’t do any research prior. I won’t say it’s completely sad because in the end they were reunited.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


The King’s Affection

the kings affection kdramaSummary: King Lee Hwi has a big secret. She’s a girl who has to live as a king to replace her crown prince twin brother who got killed for pretending to be her. Things get complicated when the king’s new teacher happens to be the guy she once liked.

Trailer: The King’s Affection

Genre:  Period, Romance, Gender Bender, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi
Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon
Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun
Choi Byung Chan as Kim Ga On
Bae Yoon Kyung as Shin So Eun



Likes: Another gender bender favourite, this time taking the role of the king of Joseon himself. A very tricky situation and I thought at first this would come out too shabby, but thanks to the brilliant cast, especially Park Eun Bin, who did such an amazing job as King Lee Hwi! Accompanied by a detailed story of love, friendship, family and loyalty, and with a great focus on character development, this drama exceeded my expectation.

Background story. We had 2 long episodes of how the whole switch had happened and I love how detailed the story was about the young crown prince and his twin sister. It involved many beautiful scenes in the past, but it didn’t end without the heartbreaking ones. This well-told background story clearly gave us a good understanding of the later King’s challenges and sufferings.

I love the girl who took the role of the young crown prince and Dam-i. She was brilliant! Really good casting as I couldn’t even tell if she was a boy or a girl. Her acting skills are quite impressive for such a young age.



Brilliant Cast. As mentioned above, even the young actor was pretty good. Let’s take a look at the rest…

Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi – Hands down to this lady for being so awesome in this role! In fact, she took our KdramastoWatch 2021 best actress award. She very well deserved that! She commanded strength, courage, power, intelligence and above all beauty. Park Eun Bin managed to be handsome and beautiful at the same time, and I thought that was very impressive. I loved her voice too, not too feminine, could really get away with being a man. Her shooting arrows, sword-fighting, horseback riding, saving someone from tripping may it be a gentleman or a lady, made my poor heart flutter so much 😂.

Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon – I’m starting to like Ro Woon but to match Park Eun Bin’s height, they could have casted someone a bit shorter. In fairness to Ro Woon, he was quite cute here and he had a good chemistry with Park Eun Bin.

Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun – oh my our poor second lead who of course didn’t up with the lady but at least he got the throne in the end. I like Nam Yoon Soo’s very friendly face. And as Prince Jaeun, his loyalty, love and friendship to the lady king was very commendable.



Animated Intro. You might not have noticed how beautiful this animated intro is, so please check it out here. It’s short but somehow it captures the king’s journey at one glance. Such a pretty watercolour art too!

Undeniably fitting OST.  I just thought the song was perfect for the drama! The romance is there but you can also feel the pain, the longing, and the sadness. Check out One and Only by Lyn, this will bring you back memories.

Favourite Quotes: “A good rain knows its season right.”

“Until the end of my days, my life would have been filled with nothing more than meaningless attempts to stay alive. What king of a life would that be?” -King Lee Hwi

Ending: Loved the epilogue! How beautiful she had become with that hairpin on her hair!

Dislikes: They should stop casting too caucasian-looking-Koreans for historical drama. Their looks just don’t suit well in this era.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sky

red sky kdramaSummary: Hong Chun Gi is a female painter during the Joseon era, who is able to enter Gyungbokgung Palace. Her fate is entwined with Ha Ram, a man who lost his sight but knows how to read the skies and constellations.

Trailer: Red Sky

Genre:  Period, Romance, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi
Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram
Gong Myung as Grand Prince Yangmyeong
Kwak Si-yang as Grand Prince Juhyang



Likes: First Impression – beautiful and dreamy! It’s a period drama but the production was clear from the beginning that there’s no historical relevance thus more focused on that dreamy, romantic, fantasy world. There were so many beautiful scenes like my favourite peach orchard, the kiss by the water, the kite flying, the meeting at the pavilion, the sky watching and that heart-thumping palanquin ride!

Gods and Deities. I love how the drama started with the background story of the feuding gods. Although it’s animated, it’s nice to have some visuals of what happened in the past. I mentioned this too in My Roommate is a Gumiho, as they did a similar thing. This additional feature makes the story richer and it really helps expand the imagination (especially for those like me who totally needs some visual help). The drama was generous enough introducing us to the likes of Samshin, the Tiger god and Ma Wang.

Painting Details. Impressed how detailed the drama was when it comes to the paintings, especially how the portrait of the king was made. From the first draft to the outlining and coloring. The focus on the brush strokes was remarkable too. The painting competition was also fun to watch, with how each artist came up with their own interpretation of the themes. Indeed, one’s expression is unique.



Cheon Gi and Ha Ram’s destiny. So, it was all written in the sky then :-)? Anyway, I still like how these two were meant for each other, that even prince YangMyeong didn’t stand a chance. How the two met when they were young was already somehow romantic. The girl couldn’t see but the boy could. When they met again, the lady could see but the gentleman couldn’t. What a mean fate! It was all the goddess fault! Good thing, they were both rewarded in the end, so all good, I’m not bitter anymore.

Gorgeous leads! And you will have to agree with me :-).

Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi – this girl is a sageuk queen. She was in the popular The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, all with those dreamy titles! I love seeing her in Hanboks, they make her look even more beautiful. As Hong Chun Gi, she did so well in that drama when she lost her eyesight again, just before she would finish the final painting of the king.

Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram – this guy is tall which made him look so good in Hanboks too! And goodness gracious, have you guys seen that part when he was working out shirtless? How can a blind man look so hot like that?! And the red eyes suited him so well too! Ahn Hyo Sup has definitely come a long way from being an idol. He’s handsome and he’s tall with a sexy body to boot. I wish him more great projects to come.

Funniest scene. That moment when Ha Ram, possessed by Ma Wang, went to Cheon Gi’s room to claim her eyes. When that failed to happen, the two ended up sleeping in the same room. Ha Ram went out with only his night clothes and Cheon Gi tried to cover him with her skirt, in which innocence was somehow hard to prove :-).



Dreamy OST. It’s very sageuk romantic, love it! Here’s Red Sky OST. I especially love Is It Me by Baekhyun!

The Ending. Just love endings with epilogues. And they were very generous with it. And yeah, glad to see Kim Yoo Jung kissing his leading man properly. All so grown-up now!

Dislikes: I know the peach orchard was so beautiful like that, but couldn’t help noticing the trees having fruits and flowers at the same time. As far as I know, the flowers will turn into fruits so the two can’t exist at the same time.

They got so lazy with Prince Juhyang who was in prison, that even after 5 years, he still looked the same. Didn’t age, didn’t grow more beard, didn’t get skinny and dirty. Oh well, thought no one would notice.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Nevertheless

nevertheless kdramaSummary: Just after breaking up from her boyfriend, Yoo Na Bi meets Park Jae Eon, an art student like her in the university that she’s in. She’s instantly attracted to him but he’s the type who doesn’t date. Mutually, they agree to meet. However, their relationship cause insecurities and gossips which is affecting Yoo Na Bi’s studies.

Trailer: Nevertheless

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 10
Stars: Song Kang as Park Jae Eon
Han So Hee as Yoo Na Bi
Chae Jong Hyup as Yang Do Hyuk
Lee Yeol Eum as Yoon Seol Ah




Likes: The focus on art studies, students and its classroom setting made this drama a special one. I love the details on the project-making: sculpting, carving, solding, drawing, sketching, then there’s the use of wood, metal, clay and other materials. I’ve never been to an art school so it’s fascinating to see how it would look like.

Addicting attraction. The main story is centered on a very strong attraction between the lead characters. I like how this thing is being highlighted. Obviously, there are people who value this over relationships or attachment. There are also group of people who wants both, which could be more challenging but not impossible.

Main love team. Great chemistry between Park Jae Eon and Yoo Na Bi! They simply look good together. Their intimate moments were well-shot. Kudos to the lady director of this drama. Although, I was so swayed by Yang Do Hyuk, I still thought Jae Eon and Na Bi had something more in common. Would the two last though? I think that’s not the point but how they would enjoy being together as long as they’d last.

Other love teams. Plenty in this drama! But my favourite is Yoon Sol and Ji Wan! Theirs is the most likeable, unconventional pairing. The chemistry between the two was strong. And I just love how Yoon Sol would look at Ji Wan with so much love and admiration. One could feel the sincerity!



The seaside. I just thought that seaside town was beautiful! If I were Na Bi, the choice was easy. Fall in love with Do Hyuk and stay in that place. The view of the water from Do Hyuk’s restaurant was like a painting!

The finished art. Love Na Bi’s sculpture with wings. That was the highlight of the last episode for me.

The Ending. You have to make sure you’ll be happy with your choice and you stand by it. Na Bi’s choice was hers and if that made her happy so be it.

Dislikes: Park Jae Eon’s character was too weak. Handsome face but lacking substance. The only strong feature about him is his passion in art. Driving a Maserati was a turn-off, but well, we could blame the sponsor for that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Doom at your Service

doom at your serviceSummary: Tak Dong Kyung lives an ordinary life until she realizes that she is dying. She only has 3 months to live. She meets Myul Mang, doom incarnate, and ends up agreeing to a 100-day contract with him.

Trailer: Doom at your Service

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Young as Tak Dong Kyung
Seo In Gook as Myul Mang / Kim Sa Ram
Lee Soo Hyuk as Cha Joo Ik
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Hyun Kyu
Shin Do Hyun as Na Ji Na




Likes: I love supernatural being and this one gives me a “Meet Joe Black” vibe! So totally! Why do they have to look so hot? Brad Pitt, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook and now, Seo in Gook! I knew it, it was something I needed to watch no matter how lacking the script was.

The Story. The idea was awesome although I thought it was poorly executed. (I’ll leave the negative one later for the dislike part.) Doom roaming around doing his job (basically being doom), through an unfortunate event meets our heroine, Tak Dong Kyung, who just received the bad news that she’s dying. Her dying wish to end the world summoned Doom to her doorstep. But wait, she actually didn’t mean that wish. Too late, Doom was there to claim what was supposed to be claimed, and she was left with no choice but surrender. Good thing, it was Doom’s birthday that day and he gave her one wish. Of course she wished not to die but if Doom couldn’t claim her soul, the person she loved most would die on her stead. So she came up with an idea of turning Doom to be the person she loves most! Smart eh? Told ya, it’s Meet Joe Black!

The Leads. Love Park Bo Young. I always watch her dramas but Seo In Gook, I think I watched one drama where he was second lead and I didn’t really warm up to him. Glad, I gave him another chance. I was totally smitten by him as Doom!

Park Bo Young as Tak Dong Kyung – She was so cute and funny here. I love the character and the character name. It’s something you remember for a long time. She also looked gorgeous with her outfits. Love her long hair too. Her teasing personality was quite fun.

Seo In Gook as Myul Mang / Kim Sa Ram – He actually really looked handsome. I love that mole under one of his eyes! I think it makes him more gorgeous. He was cute before but I think he looked much better now that he’s older. His mysterious character Myul Mang must be the icing on the cake. I loved his expressionless looks, so cold, so sexy lol! And I shouldn’t forget, his grayish hair color. It really looked good on him! Thus, he just made it to my list of watchable male leads!



The Chemistry. Park Bo Young and Seo In Gook definitely have an awesome chemistry. I love the kiss in the rain, the almost kiss on the beach, the walk through cherry blossoms, the sunset talk and the wishing-upon-the-stars night. These two make me fall in love!

Second Love Team. It was a completely different story which sometimes too distracting to the main, but nevertheless, a nice and sweet addition.

The House Set. Tak Dong Kyung’s house reflected her personality and so does Myul Mang’s. Having them both combined was awesome. How do you feel coming home to your cute, cozy place with an extension to your boyfriend’s impressive mansion’s living room? Of course with your gorgeous boyfriend in it?

The Mystery of the Butterfly.  The deity’s intention was so puzzling. She came at first as someone annoying, meddling with everyone’s life. However, I like how the butterfly story turned out to be.

Favourite Quotes:

“False hope is still hope. Fake love is still love.”

“What is frightening is not living to the fullest.”

“The reduction of the universe to one person, and the expansion of one person to a deity. That is love.”

Addicting OST. As the drama ended, I only not miss the characters but also its moving and addicting tracks. Here’s Doom at Your Service OST!

Ending. Getting a happy ending from something that would seem end disastrously is a huge treat. I also got my epilogue bonus!



Dislikes: As what I mentioned above, it was quite a good story but poorly executed. It was lacking explanations. I would have rather have one storyline (Tak Dong Kyung and Doom) to give more details on how everything come into place than switching back and forth between the main and the second loveteam’s storylines. It was so lacking, it didn’t justify the love that broke realms.

I don’t know why Doom was always wearing something too big for himself. Was it supposed to be a fashion statement? I love Tak Dong Kyung’s outfit, they suit her so well, but Doom’s, nah! His winter coats are too big! The only outfit I like on him was the doctor’s gown!

And why were they suddenly in Jeju? Just like that?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Bossam: Steal the Fate

bossam kdramaSummary: Ba Woo is a poor person who does Bossam to make a living. Bossam was a custom in Joseon period, in which a bachelor who missed marrying, would secretly wrapped a widow in a blanket and make her his wife. On one of Ba Woo’s Bossam jobs, he accidentally abducted princess Soo Kyung, a virgin widow and the daughter-in-law of the powerful Lee Yi Chum.

Trailer: Bossam: Steal the Fate

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung
Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup

Likes: The start was good! A poor man’s fate took a drastic turn when he accidentally abducted a princess! Well, it was how he made a living putting that old Joseon tradition, Bossam, into the limelight. I thought it was funny, the circumstantial meeting of our lead characters and how their feelings developed through whatever situations they were in.

The intro looked artistically vintage and romantic! Just beautiful! In fact I never skipped one in all 20 episodes!

The OST was very fitting! Very similar to Arang‘s OST. It brings you back to that old age of struggle, sacrifice and protection for the one you love. Check it out, Bossam’s OST!

The Hanboks were just gorgeous! Of course, the most colourful and attractive were of the nobles. Ba Woo, when his noble status was restored, he suddenly looked dashing in Hanboks. Lee Dae Yup, maybe because of his height, looked extra ravishing, however.

The Cast…

Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo – I must admit, he didn’t really looked that good as a peasant. I was always used to his sophisticated roles and looks. He started warming up to me when he got his noble status back but still disliked his moustache.

Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung – I loved her beauty! Her face was so serene and fitting for that era. Her voice was calming and her command in the Joseon language and accent was outstanding! The role was just perfect for her! And yeah, she looked gorgeous in Hanboks!

Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup – such a  handsome guy. Again fitting for Joseon. And I thought he had more chemistry with the princess.

Lots of important characters which brings me back memories of Hwajung – a superb political, period kdrama. It was indeed a tumultuous era.

The ending was a beautiful closure to that whirlwind but romantic start. I love the beach and the sunset, and the two souls who in the end managed to change their fates.

Dislikes: The romance part got lost from all those political twists. I wished they focused more on the romance. I’ve watched Hwajung and this one was no comparison when it comes to the political portrayal of that era. So I thought, at least the romance would be great but not really.

It was dragging too long. I got really bored. It took me a while to finish all 20 episodes.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Start-Up

start-up kdramaSummary: In order to impress her estranged, rich mum and sister, Seo Dal Mi quits her job to start her own business. She meets Nam Do San, the founder of NamSan Tech, who she thinks was her long time pen pal. They team up to join the hackathon for start ups which is run by a company called Sandbox.

Trailer: Start-Up

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi
Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San
Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung
Kang Han Na as Won In Jae



Likes: Such a success! Why? It captures its audience through its young, dynamic, ambitious and innovative nature of start-ups. Although it’s not at all easy as it seemed, the drama came out very entertaining and inspiring. I like the love story that came with it, the family dramas behind the most important characters and especially that found friendship from someone unknown.

Family bond. As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. It holds true for our main girl, Seo Dal Mi’s story. How her family got separated but in the end, they all put their past behind and started supporting each other.

The dream. This one’s for Nam Do San who didn’t even know how to dream until he meets the girl he fell in love with. He got himself into a very difficult situation that ironing it out seemed like a dream for him.

The pen pal. I personally love the pen pal story. There’s something special with writing letters. It connects people on a different and special level. Han Ji Pyeong became Seo Dal Mi’s first love and he also became everyone’s love. I hopelessly root for him :(.

The grandma of all. I would say, she was the source of all good things that happened later. She was also the connection between everyone important in the drama. I used a lot of tissue whenever this grandma appeared.

The girl on the swing. I love the background story of this girl. It brought up the importance of choosing Seo Dal Mi’s Dad. Also it’s such a meaningful representation of the Sandbox company.

Cherry blossoms. The beautiful beginning and end of a friendship was well represented by the blooming and falling of cherry flowers.



Tarzan. Knowing how Nam Do San explained to Seo Dal Mi how AI worked using Tarzan and Jane as examples, it made more sense to call the self-driving car, Tarzan. If you don’t know, then Tarzan would sound very cheesy.

Yeong Sil. It wasn’t just Han Ji Pyeong but we were all getting into this charming virtual assistant. Yeong Sil, what’s my love prediction today? Would I be money lucky? Help me decide! Love the voice, I knew he sounded so familiar!

Surprising cameos. Lee Bo Young looking gorgeous as she appeared in episode 10. But the best is when the voice of Yeong Sil came to life and Yeo Jin Goo appeared on the last episode! Yes Yeong Sil’s voice was Yoo Jin Goo’s!

Favourite quote: “You’re a cosmos. It’s not yet you’re time to bloom. Be patient for fall.”

Appealing intro. It helps make a good drama to have a great intro design and music. Well done!

Now the question, are you team…

Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San – I love their chemistry and they look good together too. In the end I think our too smart but kind-hearted Nam Do San needed someone like Seo Dal Mi who could complement his personality. I see them as a better match.

Seo Dal Mi and Han Ji Pyeong – first love is first love no matter what. I love how Han Ji Pyeong had been a pillar to Seo Dal Mi even when they were still pen pals. He still remained until the end.

Our talented cast.

Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi – This is actually the first time that I totally like her. She was extra vibrant and pretty and I was loving the chemistry between her and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San – he was awesome here! I was very impressed in his acting, much better than in the drama Bride of the Water God . His facial expressions were better. He could cry too. Loved his shy, not so confident and nerdy character and as I’ve mentioned above, his chemistry with Bae Suzy was great.



Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung – omo, I fell in love with the character and who wouldn’t be? The story was really working to Kim Sun Ho’s favor – so deserving for the second male syndrome award!

Kang Han Na as Won In Jae – tough character for this pretty lady and she did so well in it!

Ending with an epilogue. A more elaborate ending is still my favorite especially when it comes with an epilogue.

Dislikes: Sometimes I couldn’t overlook how easy it was for these start ups to climb up the ladder. I know it’s for entertainment purposes only but really, it’s never that easy to run a business, much more to be a successful company to the point of going public (being in the stock market). You won’t look young anymore, believe me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The Spy Who Loved Me

the spy who loved me kdramaSummary: Kang Ah Reum is a wedding dress designer who used to be married to Jun Ji Hoon, who disguised himself as a travel writer but actually a spy. Kang Ah Reum never knew the true identity of her first husband. She then later marries Derek Hyun, who works as a diplomatic official but actually also a spy.

Trailer: The Spy Who Loved Me

Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 32
Stars: Eric as Jun Ji Hoon
Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum
Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun




Likes: I couldn’t remember watching a spy drama so far so having one was kind of exciting. I love Yoo In Na and I was also looking forward to see Im Joo Hwan. At least these two I know won’t disappoint me.

Jeju Island. I’m seeing more of Jeju Island these days and I like it! It reminds me of my early kdrama days when most popular dramas I watched was set in Jeju. The first two episodes of this drama were having Jeju island as its picturesque backdrop, reminiscing the time when our top characters were falling in love. And as soon as the couple settled down in Seoul, they fell out of love. So you see, Jeju is love!

Jun Ji Hoon vs. Derek Hyun, which husband are you?

Derek Hyun all the way! At least Derek had a valid reason to lie about his identity as he was connected with an industrial spy group which was wanted by the authority whereas Jun Ji Hyun, it wasn’t that necessary. Looks-wise, I’m biased here, as I have a big crush on Im Joo Hwan, just wasn’t into the the hair though. Derek was also looking better in suit as he was taller therefore looking more slender than Jun Ji Hoon. And of course, Derek’s character was to fall for. He was a bad spy but trying to change to the woman he loves.

Attractive Cast…

Eric as Jun Ji Hoon – first time to see Eric in a drama and he wasn’t that bad. Love his dancing gig on the first episode. He’s definitely got the moves, after all he’s a member of SHINHWA. He’s English was also great!

Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum – I love this girl, she’s a natural. She was always cute everytime she was torn between her two husbands. Jun Ji Hyun or Derek, she could easily establish a good chemistry with either of them.

Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun – Yes, I have a big crush on this dude but let’s be honest, he’s really also a great actor. He clearly stood out in this drama. Side by side with Eric, it was easy to tell who was better in acting.

The Good vs. the Bad team

Team Gulliver – I love this team especially their boss, Chief Ban Jin Min, he was so funny. Jun Ji Hoon and Seo Ra were hot! Young Goo was just adorable. And sad to see Kang Tae Ryong go in the end.

Team Helmes – the big boss was just too cool! She looked and acted cool all the time. That’s Derek’s mom for you, she was very impressive! Of course, the son comes after the mom… smart, handsome and cool! Right hand Tinker wasn’t lagging behind, with his looks he could be a model!



The Ending. Derek’s bitter-sweet ending wasn’t that bad. He maintained his coolness till the end. I even love his grey hair! As for Jun Ji Hoon and Kang Ah Reum, that 2 years-later epilogue was good enough to revive their connection.

Favourite Quote: “Bring yourself back to the happiest moment of you life.”

Dislikes: Eric looked way too tired! I know he’s a handsome man but he needs some sleep. He looked like a new parent.

Spy cliche: Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. Hm, too trying hard to be Mr. Bond.

I really don’t understand why Kang Ah Reum, who’s a wedding dress designer suddenly became a tech expert, breaking into the lab and trying to retrieve some secret information. How was that possible? Was I missing something?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)